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Friday, 6 September 2013

Day 6 - Another Badger


Day 6 of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge, and it's another badger.  I tried something a bit different with this trying to give a more abstract feel to the background blurring the badger colours into the greens and using salt to give a bit of interest - I quite like it but it's one of those things that doesn't always work and you can never recreate the same twice. I tried a similar effect with a painting yesterday and it turned into a complete disaster and I spent too much time trying to rescue it to no effect! 

I've made this poor badger's eyes look terribly sad, which wasn't what I set out to do but they say an artist's emotions can come across in their work so whether that has happened here I don't know or maybe it's just one of those things - I know I am terribly sad about the enforced cull which I could understand if I could find any evidence to suggest it might actually work to stop the spread of Bovine TB but I fear very much that it won't make a difference and thousands of these beautiful animals will have been slaughtered for no reason.  

I'm enjoying the painting a day challenge and am actually ahead of myself at the moment which is good because there are bound to be days when I won't be able to paint - so I've got a bit of a buffer to fall back on!



10 comments:

  1. The salt works very well here. He is a fine badger.

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  2. You're doing fine with the challenge so far Sharon, the first six painting have been just superb, and the badgers eyes in the latest one just say it all!!

    I totally agree with your sentiments and worries about all the killing, I'm sure there MUST have been a more humane way to sort this problem?

    Keep up the good work...[;o)

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  3. Yes, the salt worked perfectly on this one. I try to avoid it - but haven't had good results when I have used it so that may be the reason I avoid it. I like this little one - now have to catch up! So many artists doing the 30 day challenge!! What a great wealth of artwork to see this month.

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  4. I like the techniques and colors you've used here! Now, I must look into this 30 day challenge!

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  5. Another gem!! I have tried to get ahead today so I have one or two in reserve.. it certainly is focusing me!!

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  6. Sharon, I love this painting. It is very timely with the cull going on here. It's appalling :( I just can't stand it, I was very very sad when the day came round. Maybe you should do something like this painting for the Wildlife Federation, a campaign against killing badgers. Here is a site I found: http://badger-killers.co.uk/ and http://www.badger.org.uk/Content/Home.asp

    You probably already know the sites, but maybe this could help awareness.

    This is a lovely yet sad painting. Thank you for sharing.

    Cindy

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  7. Not just another Badger Sharon, this one is really very very nice. I love your result with the salt it has added interesting transitions. You are so right however it can be really hit and miss.

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  8. Sharon this is really beautiful. I love the effect you created here although it is annoying when it has a mind of its own as to whether or not it will work the same way on the next painting. I am in complete agreement over the whole badger cull-I think it's desperately sad that as a species we think we're so superior to all other life that we can chose what lives or dies according to our profit margins (& usually all that's wrong with the natural world these do can be traced back to something mankind has done or interfered with anyway).

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  9. Dashing in and out but had to say this is another super Badger, Sharon! :)

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